I'm interested in starting my own firm as a 2nd-year attorney. I have experience in personal injury and general business law. Not sure what practice areas would be viable as a solo. Any thoughts?

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Depends on your market. One thing to do is look up other attorneys in your area and find the solos and see what areas they practice in. Areas of law that provide for an award of attorneys fees are usually good because a solo is going to get consumer level clients who don’t have 10s of thousands of dollars to pay fees. Preferably these are one-way attorney fee award statues (like wage and hour practice in California). Also consider what kind of practice do you want. For example, think about personal injury. Having a personal injury practice that pushes everything to trial or to the eve of trial, probably not practical as a solo cause of all the overhead cost and upfront expenses. But a personal injury firm that primarily advertises, writes and takes a cut of demand letters, and refers more valuable (but complicated and expensive) cases to bigger firms for a fee split, potentially very viable as a solo.

Source: someone who has seriously considered starting a practice and who works closely with someone who did.

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Consumer bankruptcy, if marketed well

I'm in the exact same boat. Thinking PI and maybe some crim.

Same boat here. Thinking of employment

PI is terrible, at least in CA. Insurance now are going to trial or almost trial. They aren’t settling at the rate and amount as before, It’s not the same from a few years ago. Business formation and contracts are good areas to get small to mid size businesses. But really depends on your market.

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